Miss Kate Cuttables – FAB Digital Designs and FREEbies

I think I may have mentioned that I have a Silhouette Cameo and I use it regularly for both business and pleasure.  I recently found a great site for SVG’s and clipart that I can use with my Silhouette.  If you have a cutting machine, OR are interested in die cuts and clip art, you need to check our Miss Kate Cuttables!  Here is a screen shot of the most recent additions to her site (as of today, anyway):

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She has some fabulous designs for those of us who scrapbook digitally…

AND, she has a FREEBIE every day!  Click HERE to check out today’s freebie!

 

Digi Design Monday: Delight Printables

Just a quick post for today – we’re gearing up for Spring Break, grandparents’ visits, trips, and birthdays!  I am desperately trying to stay on top of my To Do list, but it’s longer than there are hours in a day and days in a week!

So, short and sweet, I wanted to let you all know about a new etsy shop I opened (yes, it’s an illness, I realize this).  The new shop is called Delight Printables

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I hope to make Delight Printables a great resource of downloadable, printable files for parties and events.  Right now I have just a few “1st birthday party tag” listings up, but there are LOTS and LOTS more printables coming!

Check it out, and let me know what YOU would like to see in a digital/printable/downloadable shop?

 

Digi Design Monday – Getting Started

I can distinctly remember the first time I realized there was a “digital scrapbooking” industry.  It was around 2004 or so, and I had already been a web designer for several years.  At that time, I enjoyed my own form of digi-scrapping, mostly through personal websites – you know… a blog, before blogs were “cool”.

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I was often frustrated with the limitations though.  Quality graphics were hard to come by, and I could visualize what I wanted a website to look like, or a cute photo enhancement to look like, but creating that with “pixels” was time consuming and difficult (and often impossible – mostly because my imagination is better than my digital artistry skills!)

The day I found “digi kits” for sale was a happy, happy day.   Finally there were other people just like me out there, trying to design, create, and SCRAPBOOK on their computers.  I suddenly didn’t feel “weird” anymore for trying to do something others did with paper and glue.

When I look back at my first digital scrapbook attempts, I have to chuckle a little bit.  Here is one of the very first digital layouts I did when I discovered digi-scrappin’.  I made my own papers, my own frames, and my own little buttons or pins (or whatever those black things are supposed to be).

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Now, it’s not BAD, per se.. but times and tools (and skills) have changed!  (But, oh do I miss that little boy and his curls!  He’s twice as big now!)  To contrast that layout with another, here is one I did just a couple of years later..

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You’ll notice digital staples, better digital papers, even some digital stitching… a definite improvement over the first attempt.  (But still, adorable kiddo!)  Nowadays you can find almost anything you desire in graphic or digital format – flowers, buttons, stickers, chalk and grungy looks, and even fur!  We’ll talk about where (and how) to purchase these kinds of products over the next few weeks.

A GREAT place to get started?  Check out the free tutorials (and supplies) at ScrapGirls.com. Now this is just ONE place you can check out (out of hundreds and hundreds), and we’ll talk about many others too, but I wanted to leave you with at least a direction this week.

And in the meantime, if you have questions about digital scrapbooking or digital design, I’d love to hear them!

Digi Design Mondays

I’ve been designing “digitally” for over 15 years – websites, graphics, banners and headers, party favors, digital scrapbooks… it’s a passion for sure.

And I have decided to chat about digital design on Mondays, so I can tell you about fabulous digital designers, software you can use to create your OWN designs and/or use the digital products you purchase, awesome etsy artists who sell their digital designs… and oh, so much more.  Really, there is so MUCH to talk about, that I almost don’t know where to start!

But, start I shall!

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I am in serious “birthday mode” right now, because all three of my children have birthdays in the next few weeks.  A few days ago it dawned on me that a great gift for my daughter would be to finally, FINALLY, get some of her digital scrapbook layouts printed and put into book form.  Her big brothers have scrapbooks with layouts from their early years printed, but she doesn’t.  Honestly, I’m woefully behind on creating layouts for ALL of them, but even the designs I DO have done for her, she can’t see unless we sit down at my computer and look through the files.

Anyway, I started digging around on my external hard drive, looking at layouts and deciding which ones to print, and I found these adorable “quick page” layouts I made after Martha’s 1st birthday party.  If you don’t know what a “quick page” is, well.. welcome to Digi Design Monday!  Let’s chat about quick pages for a few!

If you are new to digital scrapbooking, I highly suggest working with quick pages to get a good start.  These are basically pre-done pages where you can slip in your photo, add some text if you like, and save!  Designers create pages with their kits, or around specific themes, and you can purchase them to quickly and easily finish scrapbook pages.

I didn’t even add text to these, since the designer (Kay Miller – check out her quick pages here) already had included word art.  These are 4×6 quick pages, but you can get them in all sizes – 4×6, 8×10, 8×8, 12×12.. and more!

You will need some kind of graphics software to use quick pages, and we’ll start talking about various options for this next week.  In the meantime, here are links to more digital scrapbook quick pages:

Valentine’s Day Photo Cards for Kids

Back by popular demand in the Delight Design shop are the Valentine’s Day Photo Cards for your kids to take to school!

These are wallet-size photo cards WITH envelopes – perfect for parties, friends and family!

Click HERE to see all of our samples… and if you don’t see a sample that works for you, don’t worry….we offer CUSTOM design, to match your photos!

Special Offer from JazzyPatterns

For all you digital creative design types, I have a wonderful special offer for you today. Tatjana of JazzyPatterns is giving all the readers here at BlogCrafts a 15% discount on all purchases in her shop! The coupon is good for one week – today through November 6th. Her shop is FULL of fabulous digital goodies for card making and crafting. Check out a few of my favorites:

Now for a few specifics about the coupon code!  There are a few “step-by-step” details to follow, so read carefully!

The coupon code:  BLOGCRAFTS
15% off entire order (no minimum purchase required)

Tatjana uses 2checkout.com in her shop, as PayPal doesn’t offer seller accounts in Croatia yet.  BUT through 2checkout, you are able to pay safely with PayPal or credit card. You don’t even have to be registered with 2checkout to be able to pay.

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How To Pay:
1. During checkout in JazzyPatterns, select ‘OTHER’ payment option and Tatjana will send you 2Checkout invoice by email with payment link.
2. Click the payment link in your 2Checkout invoice
3. Enter coupon code in the coupon box and click “Update Cart” button
3. Select ‘PayPal’ or ‘credit card’ to proceed with payment
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And that’s it!  So… what are you waiting for?  Head on over to JazzyPatterns and start drooling over all her lovely designs – and then get 15% off your order!

Halloween Party Invites

If you are having a Halloween party this year, you have probably already sent invites, but in the off chance that you are running a bit behind (like*cough*me*cough), here are some great choices for those last-minute digital and/or printable designs.

From LukeCommaSara

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From BirdCraftsShop

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From tomkatstudio

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From GoMakeMe